Manchester United opened the season against Tottenham Hotspur playing out a 0-0 draw but with Spurs chasing the title and Man United still in with a top four shout, neither manager will want a draw. Neither will Martial or Kane.
For United, Martial’s breakthrough campaign has been one of the shining lights this season and he’s closing in on a club record 17 goals for a teenager in his first year at United. Marcus Rashford will be a danger man but it’s Martial who will look towards to make the difference at White Hart Lane and he’s been training as usual this week:
With seven games to go this season including big matches against Spurs and Leicester City (click here to find out how to get Manchester United tickets), we’ve still got everything to play for in terms of a top four chase, although our title hopes faded some time ago.
Keeping Kane quiet is going to be one of United’s biggest challenges at White Hart Lane on Sunday and Chris Smalling will be tasked with that and hopefully Daley Blind can play a blinder like he did against Romelu Lukaku last weekend. They’ll certainly need to be on their game because Kane is a more complete striker than Lukaku in terms of his overall game.
Sunday is going to arguably be our biggest challenge between now and the end of the season. Leicester City at home will be tough but away at White Hart Lane against the only defence better than us in the league, a team which has only lost one in their last ten, is our hardest test.
If we come away from Sunday with three points, that will give us nine from nine against Manchester City, Everton and Spurs at a crucial point in the season. In terms of building momentum, that’s a set of results which can kick-start a top four charge.
In all honesty, this should be kick-starting a title push but our terrible run between November and January meant we lost any chance of that some time ago. Just scraping into a top four spot won’t make this season a success but only a few weeks ago even that didn’t seem possible, so it could be a silver lining.